A conference on the future of Europe was held in Sofia at the initiative of PES president Sergei Stanishev. Both the current Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov (EPP) and the former head of Bulgarian government Simeon Sakscouborgota (ALDE) participated in the event organized by the PES, showing the strong commitment of Bulgaria to the European project.

The conference, called Europe back on track, was a discussion on the European Commission’s white paper and the five possible scenarios for the future of Europe.

Enrique Guerrero Salom, Vice-Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, who was also a key speaker at the event, outlined the possible sixth scenario proposed by S&D MEPs.

In his speech, PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“Europe is too much common market, and not enough a union in the name of the people. We need to work for a Europe which guarantees social justice.

“The European project was built on solidarity and cooperation. We must continue in this direction, with more cooperation and solidarity and more focus on the citizens of the union.”